Goa is a state in western India


Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches and  has round about 48 beaches ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda.
Old Goa is home to the massive, Portuguese-style Se Cathedral and the baroque Basilica of Bom Jesus, which holds the remains of the state’s patron saint, Francis Xavier. In Panaji, the capital, the Latin Quarter’s winding streets contain galleries, cafes and colonial-era Portuguese-style homes. For shopping, visitors flock to Anjuna’s famous flea market and Mackie’s seasonal night bazaar. On the coast, the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary provides a look at a native mangrove ecosystem. Goa's interior features small villages, quiet retreats, waterfalls and jungle trails.

Sightseeing in Goa


Whether you’re planning to head to Goa for fun, fest, and feni, or for sun, sand, and seafood, your visit would truly be incomplete without visiting some of its monumental churches that stand as architectural masterpieces and remnants carrying the Portuguese legacy in India. Regardless of the fact that it is considered to be India’s fun capital, Goa also bears the label of ‘Rome of the East’ – quite evidently because of its imposing churches. Here are 5 churches in this smallest state that you simply must visit:

1. Basilica of Bom Jesus

Located in Old Goa, this is one of the oldest churches in the state, visited by millions mainly to pay respect and catch a glimpse of the casket of St. Francis Xavier, resting in the mausoleum at the top. In this casket lies his body, which is miraculously preserved in top condition for over 400 years. This Catholic church is declared as a UNESCO heritage site and exhibits Baroque architecture. Experience peace and a heavenly calm near its opulent altar.
For a great Old Goa experience, stay at The Fern Kadamba Hotel And Spa, Goa, or the Devaaya Ayurveda & Nature Cure Centre, Goa. 

 2. Se Cathedral

Located in Velha in Old Goa, this church is one of the largest in Goa, known for its golden bell, which is believed to be one of the best in the world and the largest in Goa. This church was built in 1510 to mark the victory of the Portuguese over an invading Muslim army. As that day coincided with the feast of St. Catherine, this cathedral takes its name after this celebration, and is the cathedral of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese.

3. Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception

This 17th century pristine white church in Panjim, with its Baroque style of architecture, happens to be one of the oldest and most notable churches in Goa. Besides the main altar of Mother Mary, the church houses two more altars – one is of Our Lady of Rosary, and the other is of the crucifixion of Jesus. A big bell tower inside the premises boasts of being the second largest in Goa. On the 8th of December each year on the occasion of the festival of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, the church is decorated and adorned with lights. If you are visiting Goa during this time, participate in this joyous occasion and the festivities.

4. Church of St. Francis of Assisi

This impressive Roman Catholic church was built by the Portuguese in 1661, and is located in Velha, Old Goa. This along with a convent adjunct to its structure promises a twin attraction to tourists. The convent serves as a museum, and you can see several paintings, intricate sculptures and artifacts portraying the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Stand in solitude to feel the energy vibes recharge your spirit.

5. Church of St. Cajetan

Originally named The Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence, this church in Velha, Old Goa is one of the most beautiful ones in the state, and is located less than a kilometer away from Se Cathedral. It displays Baroque style architecture and is regarded to be a close replica of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It’s hard to get your eyes off the gilded altars, wooden pulpit, and intricate engraving. Feel fascinated by its charm and regal décor that almost makes you forget you’re in Goa.
Carry back home the energies of these historic churches and images of their exquisite craftsmanship, for that feeling of having experienced the best of Goa. Such is their charm, that even those who may not have a taste for design and architecture are sure to cultivate and appreciate the same.

Water Sports in Goa have always seen its fare share of excited tourists and adventure seekers. The beach capital of India enjoys a long and uninterrupted coastline with relatively calmer waves and even sea floors. While water sports in Goa can be enjoyed at any one of the beaches in the north or the south, they are more popular and draw huge crowds at Baga, Calangute, Benaulim, Candolim, and nearby beaches. While here, you can choose from a number of water sports activities such as knee boarding, kite surfing, snorkelling, parasailing & paragliding, diving, kayaking and many more. If you prefer so, you can engage in your preferred activities through quite a few vendors of these water sports on the beach. Alternately, you can also engage in your favourite activities through a number of licensed water sports package operators such as Atlantis Water Sports, Aqua Sports Goa etc. The cost of these packages ranges between INR 2000 to 4000 or more, based on the activities chosen.
You need not worry about being a pro at adventure and having a lot of training or experience because water sports in Goa have been devised to cater to every traveller's need. You can be a complete newbie and still experience the adventure of a lifetime, or you can be a pro and yet manage to get the most fun out of these experiences. There are numerous water sports operators in Baga, Calangute, Benaulim and Colva beaches. Try paragliding in Anjuna or Arambol beach.


Fort Aguada is an epitome of Portuguese architecture built in the 17th century. Its lighthouse and the fort itself have braved the ravages of time and stand like silent sentinels on the Sinquerim Beach, approximately 18 km from Panjim. Built in 1612 as a protection from Dutch and Marathas, it was the most prized and crucial fort for the Portuguese and covers the entire peninsula at the southwestern tip of Bardez. The view from the fort is breathtaking as it overlooks the confluence of Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea. 
The fort is so named after the Portuguese Word for water i.e. 'Agua' and used to be a replenishing source of fresh water for sailors. In fact, it has the capacity to hold 2,376,000 gallons of water and was one of the biggest freshwater reservoirs of Asia. Fort Aguada has also been used as Aguada jail. A statue in front of the jail salutes the freedom fighters, giving the fort a touch of patriotism.
In its heyday, the fort may have been a silent sentinel but today, it is bursting with tourist activities and happy chatter. The mesmerising view of the setting sun combined with pristine water of Arabian Sea from the top of the lighthouse is so picturesque that it can capture the heart of anyone who comes here.


Goa is synonymous to many things that are indicative of a life without worries and carefree measures. Be it the parties, the casinos, the flea markets or the beach shacks—Goa is to India what Ibiza is to the world. Here, we take you on a trail along the best beaches in Goa. These places are varied in nature and a visit here will expose you to the best beach in Goa for family and best beaches in Goa for couples.

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Arambol Beach
Let the sea and the Sun kiss your soul as you spend pensive hours on Arambol Beach. A handful of shacks offer unforgettable sea food and a mix of cuisines to delight you.

Quite close to the Dabolim Airport, this is one of those beaches in Goa that see ardent beach lovers in winters. Perfect for a sunny day out, Arambol is where you can engage in a game of volleyball at the beach.
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Morjim Beach
The calm ambiance of Morjim Beach is going to sooth all your travel fatigue. Take a stroll for unsurpassed beauty and calm that only a few beaches in Goa offer even in the peak of winters.

Attracting a wide species of birds and, not to forget, its popularity as one of the hatching sites for the Olive Ridley turtles, Morjim is a must-visit for the love of all things wild! No pun intended.
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Baga Beach
One of the most recognizable and famous beaches in Goa, Baga is a must-visit for everyone! Especially for the shopaholics, who are keen for bargain deals and more. Also popular as a party hub, this beach sees beach lovers flocking late into the night, usually with an EDM party happening somewhere around.Scuba diving at Baga beach in Goa is one adventure that no water baby should miss.
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Anjuna Beach
The fun begins in Goa when you hit the popular Anjuna Beach along with your friends! A number of popular beach clubs and shacks in its vicinity make it a favourite.

An equal and apt competitor to Baga, this popular Goa beach is much loved by hippies, sun lovers and anyone into water sports. A host of cheap yet surprisingly good eateries by the beach are an added attraction.
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Palolem Beach
Let everyday worries take a back seat and unleash your soul on Palolem Beach. If mingling with crowds is something that you enjoy, this is just the place for you. Much loved for its reputation as a souvenir trove, Palolem Beach in Goa is great for anyone eager to steer clear of the party crowd of north Goa.
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Calangute Beach
Can there be anything more relaxing and soothing than watching the calm waves of the sea from a sun lounge on Calangute Beach? No, and once you are here you will know what makes us give such a strong statement!

Just 15 km from the Goan capital, Panaji, Calangute is the largest beach in Goa. Mid-way between Candolim and Baga, it is lined with a host of backpacker and luxury accommodations to make the dream of a beach side stay in Goa quite feasible.
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Candolim Beach
The waters of Candolim Beach take different hues as the day passes by! A must-visit for photographers, this is one place you cannot skip from your itinerary.
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Miramar Beach
Stand witness to the Sun’s ceaseless efforts to pierce the clouds from the sands of Miramar Beach. You’ll stand wooed.

Quite tiny, this Goa beach is one of the two beaches in Panjim. It sprawls around the meeting point of the Arabian Sea and Mandovi river, and is less touristy as compared to other beaches.
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Majorda Beach
The serene surroundings of Majorda Beach have a healing touch; must-visit for the tired traveller’s soul. A stunningly scenic beach in Goa, this one will woo you with its quaint charm and an astonishing range of luxurious stays.

A must-visit for those with luxury and solitude on their mind.
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Colva Beach
The azure water of Colva Beach with fishing boats gliding across offer a glimpse of the lives of the local fisherman and people.

Less crowded than its northern counterparts, Colva beach in Goa is where you can have a more local experience. This one also has a range of homestays and serviced apartments if you are aiming for a long term stay.
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Agonda Beach
The quaint air around the Agonda Beach will remind you of the simplicities of life that have gone hidden of late. Take a break.

Ask a favourite and this is one of those beaches of Goa that you will fall in love with. Solo travellers, yogis, painters and writers is what the crowd at Agonda is made of.

Sprawling by the side of Agonda Village, this beach has an interesting market lined with local shops and surprisingly good restaurants. Your place to say adieu to the rather infamous beach crowd of Goa.

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"A Journey through the Rivers of Goa"

Cruise in Goa allows one to explore the exotic scenery, pristine waters and marvel the breathtaking view of the sunset. Bounded by numerous rivers, Goa makes for an exciting and diverse cruising destination. There are several types of cruises in Goa, and each of them offers a unique experience. These range from simple evening cruises, elaborate and romantic dinner cruises, backwater cruises, and of course casino cruises such as Deltin Royale. All of these usually originate from Miramar Beach in Panjim.
Several cruises in Goa also offer dinner options along with guaranteed fun and entertainment activities are carried through the day depending upon the daytime, sunset and moonlight. So book a cruise in Goa and take back some unforgettable memories. 
Booking a cruise getaway in Goa is fairly simple as a number of them also offer online booking options. Depending on your requirements and time that you want to spend on the boats, you can choose a package that suits you the best.

How to reach Goa

Goa has become one of the inevitable tourists’ destinations. As it is nestled between hills and seas, its beauty surpasses the normal standards. As it enthrals the keenest travellers, Goa is indeed one of the most beautiful places in India. With so much to offer including the swaying palm trees, the glittering sands and unmatched delicacies, Goa is indeed enthralling and exciting. As one of the most favoured destinations of India, Goa is indeed worth visiting. The place is easily accessible by air, road, and rail.
Reach Goa by Air
The nearest international airport is the Dabolim, which is situated near Vasco da Gama. You have to cover the distance of approximately 29 kilometers off Panaji to reach to the airport. The airport supports nearly all the domestic airlines operating to Goa.
Reach Goa by Rail
Adequately connected to Goa, rail system is just perfect when it comes to mobility. The railways system is connected from Bangalore and its 1874 kilometers run from Delhi makes it easily accessible and approximately 586 kilometers from Mumbai. Two most important railway stations are Margao and Vasco da Gama.

In addition to the Air and Rail, the Goa State Transport Corporation also provides unparalleled transport services when it comes to mobility in the Goa. Maharashtra State Corporations and Karnataka operate from Kadamba bus stand in Panaji making it easy for the commuters to be mobile in the vicinities of Goa. Visitors can also hire private cars from various rent-a-car services in Goa. Surprisingly, there is another unique and interesting means of commuting to and in Goa. You can enjoy Goa's motorcycle taxi that carries a single passenger at a time. Motorcycles can be hired in case you wish to commute in the vicinities.
Reach Goa by Sea Route
Well, there is another means of transport available in Goa and that is by sea route. Tourists can also opt for ferry services that are also excellent when it comes to commuting in Goa. There are some shipping companies that provide boat services from Mumbai to Panaji.

What to eat in Goa

1. Goan Fish Curry

The dish that Goa is most famous for is the Goan Fish Curry. It's a coconut based dish flavoured with red chillies and fresh fish or prawns usually served with fluffy rice. Delicious!

2. Cafreal

Grilled chicken served Portuguese style with spicy green chillies, peppercorns, garlic and ginger.

 3. Xacuti

A popular dish that is commonly made with chicken, prawns or vegetables, cooked with coconut, red chillies, poppy seeds and spices.

4. Prawns Orly

Battered Prawns with coriander.
 5. Vada Fritters
These traditional South Indian breakfast fritters make a delicious start to the day.

6. Caldine 

A mild yellow Goan fish or vegetable curry.

7. Goan Sausages

A chorizo pork sausage with Goan spices. So good!

8. Vindaloo

Traditionally Goan Pork Vindaloo was a mild, sweet and sour curry, commonly served in the Goan home at Christmas, New Year and Easter. Now it is more often than not a very hot and spicy curry with red chillies, ginger, garlic and other spices ground in vinegar.
 9. Bebinca
A traditional rich, layered cake made from coconut milk, sugar and egg yolks.

Stay in Goa
Grand Hyatt Goa
Goa Marriott Resort & Spa
Vivanta Goa
Taj Ford Aguada Resort  & Spa Goa
DoubleTree by Hilton Goa
The Crown Goa
The Fern Kadamba
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Goa Panjim
Caravela Beach Resort
Casa Chabbra

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Co-FounderAlfa Tours And Travels 
G3-Nagee Palace, Sai Baba Nagar, Navghar Road,
Bhayandar [East], Thane 401105 India
+91 77188 09030


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